Frosted Butterfly Cake Recipe
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Frosted Butterfly Cake Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen bakers predict the colorful cake they created will set taste buds aflutter and give your next gathering a springtime lift.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 individual cream-filled sponge cake
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • Red shoestring licorice
  • Assorted candies of your choice


  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. Cut one cake in half widthwise. (Save the second cake for another use.) Cut a notch from the center of each cut side to define outer edges of wings. Cut corners of wings so they are slightly rounded. Let cake stand for 2 hours.
  3. On a serving platter, position cake halves on each side of sponge cake. Frost top and sides of butterfly with chocolate frosting. Cut licorice into two small pieces; push ends into top of sponge cake for antennae. Decorate with candies. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Butterfly Cake in Country Woman April/May 2008, p24

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Reviewed Mar. 20, 2015

"Use to make this cake 30 years ago for my children. I used yellow frosting and coconut. Good color to start spring off with."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"Good recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"Good recipe .. really"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"I made this last week for my great niece's 7th birthday. I added sprinkles to detail and outline the wings. She loved it."

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